Norwich City boss calls on fans to be loud and proud at Carrow Road
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‘We need you again’ is Daniel Farke’s appeal to Norwich City fans to finish a gruelling week on a Championship high by beating Derby County.
Nearly 9,000 packed one end of the Emirates for the Canaries’ painful extra-time League Cup exit at Arsenal. City pushed the Gunners to the brink just 48 hours after maintaining their unbeaten eight-match league run at Ipswich Town’s expense.
Now Farke is banking on that support again at Carrow Road on Saturday as he looks to rally his injury-hit squad for the Rams’ visit.
“We have the best supporters in the whole league and this togetherness is unbelievable at the moment,” he said. “The guys are amazing. They are carrying us through some difficult situations. It is a great honour to be allowed to work for these supporters and represent this massive club. We can’t wait until the next game starts, but we need them behind us again and pushing us on. I want us to be all together, players, fans, staff. To have these shared experiences are quite important. That is the same when you have a tough defeat as well as an amazing win like at Ipswich.”
Farke’s squad have not looked back since a heavy beating at Millwall.
“It was not a turning point, more a process,” he said. “We had to improve our defensive behaviour. Not just from Millwall but maybe from last season because the club conceded too many goals in the Championship last season. When we worked hard on this topic on the training pitch I knew we would improve because I totally trust my lads. But they are the ones who have to show it on the pitch.”
City’s unbeaten run in all competitions was halted in controversial fashion at Arsenal, with the German adamant the officials had an off night.
“I know the referee and the linesmen want to give their best but sadly for us there were some mistakes,” he said. “For their winning goal all the lads told me the ball did not go out for a corner. It didn’t cross the line. It should have been a throw in. So I had in my mind when the linesman is able to see the ball is out from 80 metres away then he should be able to realise Nelson Oliveira is challenged in midfield and it is 100pc a red card. You wonder how he can make all these decisions in the direction of Arsenal.”